PIRR: Preparation


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t preparations have the school system made to ensure safety?

Review of comprehensive School Safety Plans

Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), Georgia Department of Homeland Security, Camden County Emergency Management,  and the Camden County Department of Operations REVIEW and APPROVE emergency plans for all  Camden County schools and the school system.  These plans are REVIEWED annually.

Creation of Camden Area Public Safety Committee (CAPS)

  • Purpose: Promote safety and security in all Camden County schools
    • School officials will update CAPS on security measures in schools
    • Local law enforcement will collaborate with schools officials to ensure adequate levels of support is provided.
  • Objectives:
    • Assist in the development and implementation of school safety plans consistent with applicable guidance as set forth in HB 763
    • Ensure all safety plans are based on risk reduction
    • Provide technical assistance to the Camden County School system in the development and conduct of on-going risk assessments, drills and exercises
    • Participate in reviewing all Camden County School Safety Plans monthly

Identification of additional resources available for improving school security and enhancing emergency communications

Developed Focus Area Teams

  • Focus Area III – the aim is to provide safe orderly environment that supports learning
  • Focus Area IV- the aim is to develop effective and efficient operations
  • Focus Area V – the aim is to increase stakeholder trust and confidence of public schools

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What training do school employees receive to prepare for an emergency?

Stop the Bleed Training

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Camden County Schools are working hard to prepare for any emergency. Recently, faculty and staff members across the county received “Stop the Bleed” training to prepare for an emergency that required the use of a tourniquet kit.

A state level campaign has been funded to train and equip all Georgia schools with bleeding control kits. While this campaign is new to our county, with the help of Ms. Denise Clements, our Health Services Coordinator, schools throughout Camden are receiving training and multiple bleeding control kits are available in our schools.

To learn more, visit The Georgia Trauma Foundation website.

CPR & AED Training

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One goal for our schools is to train 100% of our employees in CPR and AED response. We are working to meet that goal through the dedication of our Health Services staff. CPR/AED classes are taught to all new hires to our school system and are taught throughout the year to our current employees and those who need CPR/AED re-certification. 
Every building in our school system is equipped with at least one AED device to assist in a cardiac emergency. 
To learn more about CPR/AED training, you can visit the
American Heart Association website

Crisis Counseling Response Team

The Crisis Counseling Response Teams were created for school personnel to assist students in the event of a staff or student death. The team provides emotional support for students and faculty and staff in the unfortunate case of an student or employee death. 

To learn more about the Crisis Counseling Response team, please click here

Monthly and Quarterly Safety Drills

All schools are required and expected to conduct emergency drills throughout the year. Drills are designed to allow students, staff, and school visitors an opportunity to practice procedures from the school safety plan.  Local law enforcement and emergency personnel are invited to participate in these drills.  Members of the CAPS (Camden Area Public Safety) Committee are provided a schedule of drills.

Fire drills must be conducted in accordance with the Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner.  Two fire drills must be conducted and reported online within the first 30 days of school opening, with the first fire drill due within the first ten days of the start of school. After the first two, the fire drills are conducted and reported online once monthly. 

During the months of November and February, the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office requires a severe weather drill to be conducted and reported online, instead of a fire drill.